Divergent films: Veronica Roth's third book Allegiant to be split into two parts

Lionsgate will make two movies as with The Hunger Games franchise

The final book in Veronica Roth's sci-fi Divergent trilogy is to be made into two films, as with the hugely successfully Hunger Games and Twilight franchises.

Lionsgate announced on Friday morning that Allegiant will be split, with the first movie premiering on16 March 2016 and Part 2 a year later on 24 March 2017.

The films will be produced separately, Deadline reports.

The first big screen adaptation, Divergent, debuted in cinemas last month with a $54 million opening US weekend. It has grossed nearly $140 million worldwide to date.

Second film Insurgent is set for release on 20 March 2015, with Shailene Woodley signed on to reprise her role as 16-year-old Beatrice ‘Tris’ Prior.

 

Tris is one of few in her dystopian society who do not fit neatly into one of five groups based on virtues– Abnegation (The Selfless), Erudite (The Intelligent), Dauntless (The Brave), Amity (The Peaceful) and Candor (The Honest).

Each year, all 16-year-olds must select which faction to devote their lives to following an aptitude test, but Tris is Divergent and there is a plot to kill her 'type'.

Theo James stars as Tris’ fellow initiate Four. Together they must work out what makes Divergents dangerous in order to save their lives.

Michael Burns, vice chairman of Lionsgate, told Variety: “Assuming the movie works as we expect, we like the idea of a Divergent film every March to complement our Hunger Games films every November.”

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